It was driving me crazy that every time someone was calling to my iPhone it started ringing at full volume when most of the times I would even hear it with a simple vibration because I always have it right next to me.

So how can I get a ringtone with ascending volume onto my iPhone?



  • GarageBand application for the iPhone (free)


  1. Download the ringtone file to iCloud. Just click this link and then "Add to iCloud Drive"

    Uploading ringtone to iCloud

  2. Open GarageBand application in your phone, click the import button and look for the ringtone file in the iCloud folder, don't open it, just long press it and then click on the share option.

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  3. Select the ringtone option and then click Export in the top right corner. Finally when exported, click the option "Use sound as..." and then "Standard Ringtone". Done!

  4. Now you can delete GarageBand application if you want, it takes a lot of space (1.77 GB).


If you want to make any modification to the fade effect you will need to open this folder in a Mac with GarageBand, change the Master Track, and then go to Share > Project to GarageBand for iOS.

You can inspire in that file to make any ringtone increment the volume gradually.

  • Instead of just posting the resulting audio track could you describe in more details what you actually did in GarageBand to create it? – nohillside Dec 26 '17 at 11:03
  • Sure! To modify the fade of any audio you just need to have the audio file (in this case, opening ringtone, I downloaded it online). Then you open it with GarageBand for mac, next you just click on the menu option Track > Show master and edit the yellow line that is the volume throughout the time. To edit mine just check out the notes in my answer, show the Master Track and start playing with it. – Roman Oxman Dec 26 '17 at 11:41
  • Does this also work with GB on the iPhone alone or is this only possible in GB for Mac? – nohillside Dec 26 '17 at 13:09
  • To make a custom ringtone you will need the GB for Mac, there is not the needed option in the GB for iPhone. But if you just want the regular ringtone it should be enough with the GB for the iPhone and the file linked in the answer. – Roman Oxman Dec 26 '17 at 14:25
  • Obviously this is NOT the solution but limited workaround rather because it would play the track in loop mode so it means effectively you'd need to write track long enough (say, 5 minutes) to lower the chances you'll get low volume during playback exactly then when you'd hear it be it louder – poige Mar 1 '18 at 11:15

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